seeks a native English speaking intern for a six-month internship with the Operating Team in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Deadline: 25 September 2016

The International Platform on Sport and Development – – is seeking a native English speaker to assist the Operating Team in updating the website and its other communications channels. is run by the Operating Team based at the Swiss Academy for Development in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. The Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) is a non-profit organisation conducting research and implementing projects in developing countries on social change. One of SAD’s main areas of focus is sport and development. To find out more about SAD, please click here.

Interns are valued members of our team and the position provides a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience in online communications in the NGO sector. 

The internship is for a period of six months in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, running from 1 November 2016 - 28 April 2017.

Candidates are expected to have an active interest and knowledge in web-based communications and internet-based technologies. Familiarity with will be an advantage.

This is a full-time, paid internship (1,000 CHF gross per month).

The intern will be required to work a 40 hour week from Monday to Friday at SAD's head office in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. 

Job description
You will be responsible for updating’s News & Views section by producing and/or editing news articles and adding events to the online agenda. You will be responsible for assisting the Operating Team with animating and moderating the community areas of and responding to queries and feedback. You will be responsible for maintaining’s social network presence (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr).

You will be expected to take part in team meetings and to assist with various other activities within the organisation.

Person specification

  • Native English speaker
  • A good eye for the English language with outstanding editing and proof reading skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Keen, demonstrable interest in web-based communications and internet-based technologies
  • Educated to degree level with an academic background in international development cooperation, political science, sociology, anthropology, communications, sport management, sport science or any other related fields
  • Related work experience

  • Volunteering or work experience in the non-profit sector
  • Familiarity with the field of sport and development
  • Knowledge of other languages (especially French, Spanish and/or German)

Candidates must have the right to live and work in Switzerland for the full duration of the internship period, prior to applying for this position (i.e. holding a Swiss residence permit or a passport from an EU member state).

The deadline for applications is 25 September 2016.

How to apply

Please submit your application to Paul Hunt, project officer of Email: [email protected]

Your application MUST include:

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter explaining how you can contribute to, based on your knowledge, interests, skills and experience
  • A 200-250 word writing sample in English of which you are the sole author

All documents must be submitted in either Word or PDF formats. Incomplete applications will not be considered.